Insult My Intelligence
Columnist and author Tim Dowling gets world-leading experts to help him understand complex, interesting and unique topics.
Jun 23 2021
Has The Internet Broken Copyright?
Tim Dowling speaks with Law Professor Jennifer Jenkins who is Director of The Center for the Study of the Public Domain, about the confusing and messy state of copyright law. He also speaks with veteran youtuber Tom Scott on how the internet and youtube in particular have broken copyright.
Dec 1 2021
What makes a Cricket Ball Swing?
Tim Dowling speaks with aerodynamics and fluid mechanics experts as well as cricket journalist Emma John to learn all about swing bowling. How it happens, the emergence of reverse swing and its controversies and how weather conditions impact swing?
Nov 17 2021
Is The Penny Spent?
Tim Dowling investigates the idea that we should get rid of the penny. Speaking to an economics professor about what the impact could be and to a Canadian economist to find out what happened when Canada got rid of its penny back in 2013.
Nov 3 2021
Are we facing a Bananapocalypse?
Tim Dowling speaks with Dr Chris Cockel from Kew Botanical Gardens about the problems facing the Cavendish banana crop and a Professor from the Queensland University of Technology about his work to genetically modify the banana, all trying to answer the questions, how we lost the Gros Michel banana? Will we lose the Cavendish banana? and how could we save the banana industry?
Oct 20 2021
WTF is an NFT?
NFTs experienced a huge boom earlier this year particularly after artist Beeple sold his artwork for $69 million, but his artwork was just a jpeg available for everyone to see. So what is an NFT? And why are they selling for so much? Tim Dowling talks to billionaire Mark Cuban, journalist David Gerard, Professor Charlie Gere and digital art curator Chloe Diamond to find out.
Aug 11 2021
Is there such a thing as a dead language?
Tim Dowling learns about the future of linguistic diversity around the world. With thousands of languages projected to die out over the next 100 years, guests Ghil'ad Zuckermann and Julia Sallabank explain how languages can be revitalised.
Aug 4 2021
Why Am I Left-Handed?
Tim Dowling finds out what makes people left-handed. Also what advantages and disadvantages left-handedness can bring. With Professor Chris McManus and Ed Wright.
Jul 28 2021
What on Earth is Planet 9?
Tim Dowling learns about the Planet 9 theory from one of its originators Professor Konstantin Batygin. The theory is that way beyond Neptune and Pluto, on the outer reaches of the Solar System a 9th planet, 5 times the mass of Earth is orbiting the Sun once every 10,000 years. We also hear from Professor Samantha Lawler, who is not as convinced by the evidence for the existence of Planet 9.
Jul 21 2021
How smart is my dog?
Tim Dowling speaks to three of the leading dog cognition experts in the world to learn all about dog intelligence. He attempts to find out how smart are dogs compared to other animals? How smart are the worlds smartest dogs? And how smart is his dog?
Jul 14 2021
Introduction to Tim Dowling's new podcast Insult My Intelligence.
Jun 23 2021